Date / Time: 8/5/2009 6:00 PM
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Touring Maine’s History brings you another episode of Maine history news and events, historic person of the week will be the Hon William Widgery Thomas Jr. We will highlight four Portland area businesses this week. We’ll look at the Knight Bros. Brass foundry, N.E. Redlon, mason, and more. The tour bus will be making another stop, this week at Lime Kiln Park in Rockport, Maine while we look into the fascinating history of the Lime industry that made the area famous. Plus we’ll have the usual sprinkling of 30s and 40s commercials and plenty of Big Band tunes to entertain you. And we’ll look at a few other bits and pieces as time allows. This week’s collectibles will look at Worthpoint’s Circus programs and factory decoys pieces.
Passing into history…
The University of Maine – A renowned expert on folklore and folklife, Ives founded UMaine’s Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, now known as the Maine Folklife Center, …
Bangor Daily News -International folklife expert and longtime University of Maine professor of folklore Edward “Sandy” Ives, who traveled the …
Note: Edward “Sandy” Ives, a UMaine English and anthropology professor from 1955-1999, died on Sunday at the age of 83. A renowned expert on folklore and folklife, Ives founded UMaine’s Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, now known as the Maine Folklife Center, in 1971. A memorial service is planned for the fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ives’ name to the Maine Folklife Center, care of the University of Maine Foundation, Buchanan Alumni House, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792 or New Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 757, Holden, ME 04429.
Articles and headlines…
Central Maine Morning Sentinel -Samples of its wonders will travel to 27 second-grade classrooms in central Maine this fall. Please come see the museum for yourself. …
SunJournal.com – He wasn’t even from Maine. Raised in Rhode Island, he moved to Lewiston to become a police officer at age 20 — too young to even buy his own bullets. …
MaineToday.com – Greater Portland Landmarks, the historic preservation organization that sprang from the destruction of Portland’s Union Station more than ..
Preservationists look to future
Portland Press Herald–Greater Portland Landmarks is expecting to open a more spacious and more visible new center on High Street this fall.
Portland Press Herald-Snowshoes for horses? If you were cutting “salt hay” on Scarborough Marsh centuries ago, your horses would have had something similar on their feet. “Bog shoes” were basically boards affixed to a horse’s hoof to stop the animal from sinking into the muck while out on the marsh. Some 17 varieties of marsh grass or “salt hay” grow and were once harvested on Scarborough Marsh. You can view an old bog shoe and pose questions about local traditions here to members of the Scarborough Historical Society on Snowy Egret Day this Saturday.
MaineToday.com – “Connecting people to Maine’s colonial roots and helping them to discover, imagine, and value the relevance of this history to our lives.”
Central Maine Morning Sentinel – Morgan, 54, of Randolph has been indexing Maine cemeteries for the past 15 years. As a volunteer for theMaine State Library’s Surname Index Project, …
knox.VillageSoup.com -… a sense of history. In 1861, Doug Lee says, at least 4000 different schooners passed the light at Owns Head. Today, fewer than 20 ply the Maine Coast. …
MaineToday.com – … behind the little knob windows to learn more about the history, plants and wildlife of the area is still fun for them. Oh, and a stop at the Maine Diner …
Kennebec Journal – Whitefield was incorporated as the 177th town in the Province of Maine on June 19, 1809. Whitefield Days, a three-day festival that includes activities to …
Financial Times – In his apartment overlooking the fishing docks of Portland, Maine, Mike Parker was putting the final touches to a font, thinning a few …
Alabama city destroying ancient Indian mound for Sam’s Club
(If you are interested in preservation of history, let’s start putting pressure onto Wal-Mart to pull back from this project!)
Facing South – United South and Eastern Tribes, a nonprofit coalition of 25 federally recognized tribes from Maine to Texas, passed a resolution in 2007 calling for the …
WABI – “It’s just been around forever,” says Marlene Doucette, president of the historical society. “On Mill Street, there was a brick factory and the first bricks …
Seacoastonline.com – It worked for Fionn McKibbin of Ireland and Katie Clark of South Berwick, Maine, who were gathering their respective broods outside the Jones House for the …
THE MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY has been awarded $5,000 from the Horizon Foundation, Inc., the result of a grant application to help underwrite transportation subsidies to qualifying school groups for field trips during 2009. “We have found that transportation costs present the single greatest obstacle to teachers who want to plan a field trip to MHS,” notes Carolin Collins, the society’s director of education. “The teachers we consulted believe the transportation subsidy make it possible for many additional students to participate in educational programs at MHS.” Schools will be reimbursed for bus transportation costs up to $150. One grant is available per bus, with a total grant not to exceed $300 per school. Subsidies will be awarded to eligible schools on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted, or Dec. 31, whichever occurs first.
Donations wanted, tables available
The Irregular — The Phillips Historical Society is seeking donations of gently used items for its table at this year’s Phillips Old Home Days. It is also offering spaces at the Pleasant Street location for a small donation. Those interested in reserving a table space or in donating items for the society’s own table, should call board member Lisa Haines at 639-2888. Find out more…
Chain of Ponds Farm featured at museum
The Irregular- On Sunday, Aug. 9, the Dead River Area Historical Society will feature the Chain of Ponds Farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those driving to Canada will notice a field on the left close to the entrance to the Megantic Club. This used to be a very large farm that raised vegetables, chickens for eggs and meat, cows for milk, etc., for the Lac Megantic Club. Find out more…
AP It seems John Quincy Adams was way ahead of his time. Starting Wednesday, history will meet modern technology as the Massachusetts Historical Society begins posting Adams’ updates from 200 years ago on Twitter. The historical society will include a presidential tracker of sorts, linking maps to show Adam’s progress on a diplomatic trek to Russia as U.S. minister. The tweets will include mentions of his favorite reads, memorable meals, weather updates and the daily drama of months at sea.
‘Pictures of the most utterly suggestive sort’: From research to collection
Lewiston Sun Journal- The first postcard caught her eye three years ago, at Orphan Annie’s in Auburn. A little cartoon girl doing dishes under the caption: “Wot a life! Men must work and women must wipe! In 1938, a woman named Margaret sent it to Miss Patsy Ryan in Baltimore with the jot on the back: “This is the life old kid. So think before you leap.”
Michelle Morgan bought the slightly cryptic card for $1, then started down a postcard path.
Future of old school building discussed in Peru
Lewiston Sun Journal-Townspeople will decide the former Peru school building’s fate this fall, and there are some questions as to what should happen to it. At an informational and planning meeting on Aug. 3, residents and the school building’s study committee discussed numerous choices. For three years, the committee has been meeting to try to determine what to do. “There are a whole bunch of issues to handle with this building and this whole complex,” said Selectman James Pulsifer, noting that use of the ball field and property had to be considered.
Circus Programs Are Colorful and Plentiful Collectibles
Worthpoint- Souvenir circus programs vary widely in content, size and quality, but most have this in common: colorful illustrations and chronological lists of the acts appearing in the performance. Circus programs have changed over the years with some featuring content from Oscar-winning actors and Pulitzer Prize- winning authors. Can you guess who?
Read “Circus Programs are Colorful and Plentiful Collectibles”
Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part II
Worthpoint-Last week, Worthologist Harry Rinker offered guidelines on how to decide if an oil painting is worth buying. Now that you’ve decided on a painting, Harry is back, this time with tips on how to decide how much you should be willing to pay. Will a painting of certain style or from a certain era hold its worth? Will there be resale value? Harry has the answers.
Read “Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part II”
Factory Decoys Offer Another Collecting Avenue
Worthpoint-There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys, whether by origin, maker or species. One often overlooked area of decoy collecting, says Worthologist Laura Collum, is the factory-made decoy, which despite the name, can include finely detailed and painting finishes. Laura offers ideas on how to start your collection.
Read “Factory Decoys Offer Another Collecting Avenue”
Events and happenings…
PPH-The Old Corner Church has received a $500 Community Betterment Grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Maine through Fraternal Lodge No. 55 of Alfred. Built in 1804, the church is considered a significant historic landmark. The Alfred lodge has supported Friends of Old Corner Church in three fundraising suppers, supplying the venue as well as assistance by lodge members. Friends of Old Corner Church is a nonprofit agency formed in 2004 to restore the church, at West Road and Federal Street. An annual church service is scheduled for Sept. 13. For more information, call Bud Jamieson at 247-3635.
Pow wow honoring animals being held at wildlife park
PPH-Maine Wildlife Park’s Honor the Animals Pow Wow features American Indian drumming and dancing demonstrations, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Representatives of the Maine Abenaki, MicMac and Passamaquoddy tribes will be in attendance as vendors and presenters, and American Indians from other New England states are expected to be at the park as well. This pow wow is one of only two in the nation that features a live bald eagle. All proceeds from the event go to new exhibits for the wildlife. Regular park admission fees will be charged. For more information, go to www.mainewildlifepark.com or call 657-4977
Celebrate Maine Festival to be held at Raitt Farm
PPH-The Celebrate Maine Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Road. The event highlights the people, places and products connected with Maine. Admission is $5 for adults. For details, call 439-3904 or go towww.celebratemainefestival.com/Welcome.html.
Archaeologist to discuss dig at Phillips Homestead
PPH-Archaeologist Tim Dinsmore will discuss his research excavating the 17th-century Phillips Homestead site during at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, off Route 130. Dinsmore located the Phillips site in 1994. Admission is $5 for non-members. Call 677-2423 or go to www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.
Auction to aid Lincoln Home has antiques, artworks
PPH-Art work, a brass doll bed and furnishings from the summer residence of late antiques dealer Margaret B. Ofslager will be sold as part of a Founder’s Day Auction beginning at 10 a.m. today on the grounds of the Lincoln Home, 22 River Road. A preview will be held at 8 a.m. There will be a flea market, food and family activities. Proceeds will be used to buy a special-needs bus for residents of the home, an assisted and independent living community. Donations for the auction and flea market are welcome. For details, call Wayne at 563-3350, ext. 33.
Historical society offers talk on community of Addison
PPH-The Union Historical Society will host a talk by Nancy Harmon Jenkins at 7:30 p.m. today in the Old Town House, Town House Road. Jenkins will describe the 1866 founding of a religious and farming community of settlers from Addison, near Jaffa. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome. For more information, call 785-4555 or towww.midcoast.com/comespring/.
Historical society holding tour of Johnson Lumber Mill
PPH-The Waterborough Historical Society will hold two events this month. Postcard collector Doug Foglio will give a presentation of his collection of local images at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Town House in Waterboro Center. Refreshments will be served following the slide show. On Saturday, the public is invited to tour the rarely opened historic Johnson Lumber Mill on Route 5 in North Waterboro. Roger Wilcox will host this open house from 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call Jim Carll at 247-5878.
The Alfred Shaker Museum invites you to..
At Alfred Shaker Museum
118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred , ME.
Saturday, Aug. 15TH 9 AM -3PM
Cost is $50.00
instructor is Joanna Olsen of Kennebunk who shows her works at Laudholm Farm Craft Show in Wells
Advance registration is required, call 207- 490-5709 – Linda Aaskov for more information and to register for this fascinating workshop.
SUPPLY LIST WILL BE PROVIDED AT REGISTRATION.
Painted floor cloths date back to the beginning of the 18th Century, originally hand painted or stenciled, the forerunner of linoleum.
Samples on display at the Alfred Shaker Museum.
Museum open Wed. & Sat; 1-4 pm
From Museums of Old York…
20th Annual Decorator Show House at McIntire Farm
The 20th Annual Decorator Show House will be open to the public through August 15th. McIntire Farm, located at 270 Cider Hill Road in York, can be viewed Monday, Wednesday ~ Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Tuesdays. On-site parking is available and admission is $20. Tickets to the Show House are good for $2 off the cost of admission to the Museums of Old York.
Katherine Davis: At Home with the Novel
Katherine Davis, author of Capturing Paris and East Hope, will talk about the importance of place in novels and the special role houses play in works of fiction. The stories we read come alive and take on particular significance because of their setting. Whether sipping tea in a drawing room in Bath in a Jane Austen novel or drinking champagne on a terrace in West Egg thanks to F. Scott Fitzgerald, the books we read give us a home away from home. Wednesday, August 5th starting at 11:30 a.m. at Blue Sky, 2 Beach Street in York Beach. $55 includes presentation, lunch and Show House admission.
Bill Graham: Christmas in August
Back by popular demand! Bill Graham of Beautiful Things in Salem, MA, will present an entertaining program of floral design and fashion. Specializing in creative designs and women’s accessories, Bill is also a humorist and loves sharing his anecdotes and techniques. Floral designs will be raffled and accessories and millinery will be for sale. Monday, August 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the York Golf and Tennis Club’s Old Clubhouse, 62 Organug Road in York. $55 includes presentation, hors d’oeuvres and Show House admission. A cash bar will be available from 6 to 7 p.m.
Submit: The Day the Puritans Overthrew York
On a cold November morning in 1652, two powerful men met in York Harbor, Maine. In Nicholas Davis’s Tavern, they struggled over the fate of a city, a colony and the soul of a new nation. In that one hour, all of our destinies changed. Join us for Submit, an original play by Michael Kimball and Jennifer Saunders; directed by Joe Dominguez and starting Roland Goodbody, Don Court, Gregg Trzaskowski and Jennifer Saunders. Tuesday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 11th starting at 7 p.m. at the Remick Barn Visitor Center, 3 Lindsay Road in York Village. $10 adults; $8 seniors and $5 chilren under 16.
Topsham, Maine, 03 October, 2009
Greetings, fellow Mainers and New Englanders! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 32nd annual MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS, October 3rd (rain date the 4th).
This year’s event will be held at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine during the height of Maine’s colorful leaf peeping season.
Proximity to Interstate 295 and several other approach routes makes this a very convenient location for attending. This is a the only Maine equine carriage driving event recognized by the American Driving Society, featuring an extensive Pleasure Class lineup as well as Driven Dressage, Cones Course, Marathon Pace, and a Carriage Dog Class.
It is open to all breeds of equine, from large draft to tiny mini horses, even mules and donkeys, and SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME.
The list of awards includes the Col. Paul Downing Trophy and Helen Sanborn Trophy among others.
The Maine Carriage Days event celebrates the traditional art of carriage driving, emphasizes the skills and training necessary to achieve harmonious communication between human and horse, and this event is often attended by people driving antique vehicles or competing with rare breeds of horses.
The event will also include product vendors, educational demonstrations, manufacturers’ displays, and horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Jerome St. Louis of Star Hill Stables driving a gorgeous pair of black Clydesdales.
Overnight stabling and camping for competitors is available with prior reservation. FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 865-2047